I enjoy wood burning as a hobby, and coasters are something anyone can make.
- palm sander
- 220 grit sandpaper
- tent stake
- 0.75 inch thick pine board
- wood burner
- chip brushes
- scrap pieces of wood
- steel wool
- tack cloth
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Step 1: Cutting and Sanding the Wood.
Using a compass, draw a 4-inch circle onto the wood. Cut it out, on the bandsaw, and sand it all down with 220 grit sandpaper.
Step 2: Drawing the Design
Find an image on the internet to use as a reference. I sketched my own design. There are two ways to put your design onto the wood. The first way is to lay the piece of paper with the design on it over the wood and imprint the lines of the design into the wood using a sharp tent stake. The second way is to cut out the design, trace it onto the wood, and sketch in the design on the inside.
Step 3: Wood Burning
Using a wood burner, you are going to burn the design into the wood. A good wood burner that works well, with a variety of tips, is about $25, but it is well worth the money. I used a sharp point to burn in the design on the head, and I used a rounded point, called a flow point to do the handle.
Step 4: Varnishing
Rub the entire piece with tack cloth to remove any saw dust. Then apply one coat of Min-Wax clear satin polyurethane. If you put shims under the coaster, it will not stick to the newspaper.
Step 5: Finishing
After the first coat has dried, Take a piece of steel wool and rub it over the surface to remove air bubbles and rough spots. Then rub it with tack cloth to remove the small shards of steel. After this, apply a second coat of polyurethane.
Step 6: Coasters Complete
Continue this process until you have a whole set of coasters, and then pour yourself something cold to drink!
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